How to Maintain Different Types of Roofing Material

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 9:12am.

Roofing Material Maintenance: What Every Homeowner Needs to KnowRoofing maintenance is important for maximizing a roof's service life. Different types of roofing materials are maintained in different ways. Here are different roofing materials and how to maintain them for a longer life.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are often among the easiest to maintain types of roofing material. Metal roofs are smooth so that leaves, pine needles and organic debris often roll off the roof into the gutters. Gutters for metal roofs need to be cleaned regularly because they can fill easily. Low slope metal roofs may need to be cleaned periodically. Homeowners with a metal roof should have their roof inspected once every two years to ensure that the screws that hold the roof are tight and secure, and that the caulking is holding up properly.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are covered in rough granules that can create friction. Organic material that falls onto an asphalt shingled roof can become caught on the granules and then can accumulate in the valleys of the roof. This organic material can lead to staining and rot, and can contribute to the premature aging of the roof. The best way to avoid problems on an asphalt shingled roof is to clear the roof of organic debris on an annual basis using a roof rake.

Homeowners who have high roofs may need to contact a roofing company to get this done. On wet, shady properties, asphalt shingles can develop moss growth that must be removed on an annual basis. It's best to not use a power washer to remove moss from an asphalt roof as the high pressure will remove the granules and outer coating of the asphalt, along with the moss, damaging the roof and shortening its life.

Homeowners who want to avoid problems with their asphalt roof should inspect the roof periodically for curling shingles, granule loss and missing shingles. Asphalt shingle roofs can last about twenty years, so homeowners should start having their roof inspected on an annual basis when the roof reaches from 10-15 years old.

Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake roofs can last about 30 years with proper maintenance. Like asphalt shingle roofs, cedar shake roofs need to be cleaned off regularly to ensure that the shakes dry thoroughly between rainy days. Prolonged exposure to moisture can rot cedar shakes, leading to leaks. Cedar shakes can be cleaned periodically with a pressure washer to restore the amber color of cedar shakes. This should be done by a professional to avoid damaging the shingles.

Homeowners should never seal cedar shakes because this can cause moisture to become trapped in the shingles. As with asphalt shingles, cedar shakes are vulnerable to moss growth under certain conditions and must have the moss removed regularly in order to avoid rot. Finally, homeowners can treat their cedar shakes periodically with a preservative to prevent the shingles from rotting.

Many cities and developments, especially in the western United States, now do not permit cedar shake roofs due to fire dangers.

Clay Tile Roofs

Clay tile is highly durable and can last for decades with proper care. Clay tile also requires little maintenance to look its best. Homeowners who want to ensure a long service life for their clay tile roof can inspect their roof on a regular basis and have broken or missing tiles replaced immediately. It's important not to walk on the roof, because clay can crack under the weight of a person.

Performing regular roof maintenance can prevent leaks and structural damage. While some roof maintenance can be performed by homeowners, other types of roof maintenance must be performed by a professional contractor. For more information about how you can take care of your roof, talk to a reputable roofer in your Joe Rich community. Working with a professional contractor can help ensure that your roof will last for a long time.

Justin Havre

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